People always think that after you brush your teeth you should rinse your mouth with mouthwash, as this is what the instructions and adverts tell you to do. An important factor of toothpaste is the amount of fluoride that it contains. Everyone should be making sure that the fluoride in the toothpaste that they are using is 1450 ppm. Mouthwash only has 500ppm and some don’t even have that, so by rinsing your mouth with mouthwash after you brush your teeth you are replacing the 1450ppm fluoride with the 500ppm fluoride from your mouthwash. But the correct time to use mouth wash is actually in between time of brushing, for example after your lunch or after dinner that way you are giving your teeth an extra boost of fluoride.

Another key factor when brushing your teeth is to not use any water when brushing. You can wet your tooth brush before placing the toothpaste but don’t rinse the toothbrush under the water when brushing your teeth and only spit out the excess toothpaste at the end and do not rinse your mouth out with water, as you want to leave the excess toothpaste still in your mouth to help prevent decay.


What many patients don’t know about chlorhexidine mouth wash is that it shouldn’t be used as a regular mouth wash and should only be used when a patient has an infection in the mouth or has periodontal disease. It should also only be used for no more than 2 weeks as it can cause staining of the teeth and kill the natural bacterial fluoride in your mouth.

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